The stars who have been shining on the silver screen, entertaining audiences, are now, on the streets, attracting huge crowds through road shows for a political cause! While the entire state is busy with politics, even star actors have jumped onto the election bandwagon, and have been seen campaigning for their close ones. As a result, the election, and also the ongoing cricket season, has left Sandalwood missing out on big star films. While the entertainment drought is set to end as soon as the election results are out on May 15, the film industry has suffered huge losses with barely any films making profits for over two months!
Top star actors including Kiccha Sudeep, Yash, Darshan are busy campaigning, other stars such as Diganth, Aindrita Ray, Harshika Poonacha, Prajwal Devaraj, Nikhil Kumar, Ishan were also seen asking voters while speaking about certain candidates.
Summer is a favourite time for big star films to make their moolah with school holidays, but this time the election has played party pooper. Producer Shankar says, “Only nine big films have been released in the past two months as producers fear losing out on the audience. Most ardent movie lovers are busy working for their respective parties. And, even IPL has made it worse as many sports fans choose to sit at home to watch the game,” he adds.
Despite big films like Rambo 2 starring Sharan, which is his most-anticipated sequel to the hit film, and Amma I Love You are ready for release, they have been postponed due to the elections. While Rambo 2 is set for a release after May 15, the next week will see the release of Amma I Love You directed by K M Chaitanya of the Aatagara and Aa Dinagalu fame. One of the biggest film that has been kept on hold is the high budget mythological drama Muniratna Kurukshetra starring Darshan.
“Nine single screen theatres have seen literally no full houses for several weeks. It is the same case with multiplexes and even with the viewers of other language films like Tamil and Telugu films,” shares Chandru, a film exhibitor.
While action has shifted to the street, the stark difference between supporters of a few big stars has also lead to disappointment among different political factions. Some supporters of JDs recently staged a protest against Darshan for choosing to support some Congress candidates while several others are upset with Kiccha Sudeep choosing to extend his support to Sreeramulu and his friend Raju Gowda. However, both the stars including Yash, who has been supporting quite a few candidates, have maintained that they are doing it as they are personally close to them, and not because of any political party affiliation.
Meanwhile, director Prashanth wraps up saying that small budget movies which normally find it difficult to get into theatres are utilising this drought period effectively!